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MG ends UK production

MG is to stop making models at its Longbridge site in south west Birmingham, instead switching full production over to China, parent firm SAIC has said.

Work at the Longbridge site restarted in 2011 and included assembly of the MG3

Work at the Longbridge site restarted in 2011 and included assembly of the MG3

Production at the previous MG Rover plant restarted in 2011 following SAIC’s acquisition of the British carmaker, with the former MG6 hatchback and the MG3 supermini assembled at the plant, although most of the actual production was done in China.

MG Motor UK’s head of sales and marketing, Matthew Cheyne, told the Birmingham Mail: “With efficiency and flexibility both key to long-term market success, off-shoring vehicle production is a necessary business decision.

“Relocating to state-of-the-art overseas production facilities will allow faster access to product and help to meet ever-increasing customer demand, all while maintaining the highest levels of production quality.

“In addition, improving production scale efficiencies will support ongoing sales growth in the UK market – a key priority.”

According to reports, the shift will lead to only around 25 redundancies.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.